|Dr. Alan Wishneff D.D.S.
Restorative Dentistry / Oral Health
August 16, 2016
Sometimes the enamel on the teeth can become discolored. This discoloration can cause a lot of discomfort and embarrassment for many people. There are many different things that can contribute to the discoloration of teeth. The following are a few of these hazards.
- Food and Drinks: Coffee, teas, wines, colas and certain fruits and vegetables contain ingredients that can stain the teeth.
- Tobacco: Smoking and chewing tobacco are very common factors in discoloration.
- Poor dental hygiene: When you brush and floss your teeth, you remove plaque and other stain-producing substances. If you stop brushing, these substances are left behind to do damage.
- Disease: Several diseases can affect the enamel and dentin (the underlying material of the enamel) of the teeth. Treatments for certain disease can affect the color of the teeth. In addition, certain infections in pregnant mothers can cause tooth discoloration in the infant by affecting enamel growth.
- Medications: Certain medications that are given to younger children can discolor their teeth while they are still developing. Antihistamines, anti-psychotic drugs and drugs for high blood pressure can cause tooth discoloration.
- Dental materials: Dental procedures like amalgam restorations and materials that contain silver sulfide can cause a gray-black color tint to the teeth.
- Aging: As we age, the outer layer of the enamel on the teeth tends to ware down. This can reveal the natural yellow color of the dentin to come to the surface.
- Genetics: Some people have naturally brighter or thicker enamel.
- Environment: Excessive fluoride from the environmental sources or from excessive use can cause discoloration.
- Trauma: Damage caused by a fall can affect the enamel formation in children.
Ways to Prevent Tooth Discoloration
There are a few simple ways to help prevent discoloration of the teeth. Coffee drinkers and smokers can try cutting down using these products. Improving dental hygiene can not only help lower discoloration, it will help to improve your overall dental and body health. Start brushing and flossing the teeth more and see your dentist for cleanings at least twice a year. If you find that your teeth are becoming discolored without any explanation, then see your dentist for an examination. This discoloration could be a sign of something more serious.
There are many different treatments available to help whiten the teeth. They can be as simple as properly brushing and flossing or avoiding certain food and beverages. You can also try bonding or veneers. Over the counter whitening products are very effective. You can also look into in-office whitening procedures. It is always a good idea to talk things over with your dentist to see which option is best for you.
For more information about this topic or any other dental topic, contact Dr.Wishneff at[email protected] or call (561) 488-3111. Dr. Alan Wishneff is a Boca Raton Dentist dedicated to bringing patients state-of-the-art dental care. As a cosmetic, family and restorative dentist, he helps patients enjoy a natural and healthy smile. He is trained in cosmetic dentistry, including porcelain veneers; advanced cosmetic bonding techniques; oral surgery; medical emergency procedures; advanced crown and bridge; advanced TMJ; implant dentistry; endodontics-root canals: utilization of most advanced dental materials. Dr, Wishneff and staff are dedicated to providing great smiles in Boca Raton for more than 30 years. After more than two decades of practicing dentistry in Boca Raton, Dr. Wishneff is more committed than ever to this community.